CHTR, SYY, DG, CAH And YUM, Pushing Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,095 as of Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,109 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 1.9%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.0%, Walt Disney ( DIS), down 0.8%, Comcast ( CMCSA), down 0.7% and Gap ( GPS), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 4.7%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), up 3.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.8%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 2.0% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications Inc Class A is down $1.30 (-1.0%) to $134.82 on heavy volume. Thus far, 771,056 shares of Charter Communications Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 670,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.24-$136.59 after having opened the day at $136.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $136.12.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications Inc Class A has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 76.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications Inc Class A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Charter Communications Inc Class A Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is down $0.38 (-1.1%) to $33.78 on light volume. Thus far, 887,219 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.76-$34.19 after having opened the day at $34.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.16.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.91 (-1.6%) to $57.88 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.82-$58.78 after having opened the day at $58.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.79.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.68 (-1.1%) to $64.22 on light volume. Thus far, 912,137 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.98-$65.29 after having opened the day at $64.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.90.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is down $0.50 (-0.6%) to $77.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.88-$77.48 after having opened the day at $77.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.65.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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